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Few nominations for unloved Sharks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 10 Dec 2014 at 10:40
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The fall-out of the Jake White era continues, with the Sharks hardly featuring in SARU’s list of annual nominations this year.

Despite winning the South African conference by a considerable margin and being the only local team to qualify for the Super Rugby play-offs, the Sharks Super Rugby team does not even feature among the “Team of the Year” nominations, while the exploits of the likes of Cheslin Kolbe and Seabelo Senatla in a watered-down Currie Cup were deemed more worthy of reward than, say, Thomas du Toit’s Super Rugby performances as a 19-year old.

In fact, there are only three nominations in total for the Sharks, with du Toit’s inclusion in the “Under 20 Player of the Year” category (which Handre Pollard will win) scant consolation for being omitted from the “Young Player of the Year” category. Marcell Coetzee bags the other two nominations, as he’s been quite rightly mooted as both Super Rugby Player of the Year and overall Player of the Year. Amazingly, two players from teams who didn’t even sniff a knock-out place have been nominated alongside Coetzee in the latter category, while Frans Steyn – who won several matches for the Sharks virtually on his own – doesn’t get a look in at all.

And while White may not be popular, well, anywhere, I’d think that coaching a team to the Super Rugby semi-finals must surely be more of an achievement than anything Alister Coetzee or Johan Ackermann have managed this year.

The Sharks, though, seem to have once again lost the ever-important SARU popularity contest this year. Let’s hope that in 2015, with a “face” at the helm that is more amenable to the national body, our players might get the praise they deserve.

SARU Rugby Player of the Year:

1. Nizaam Carr
2. Marcell Coetzee
3. Willie le Roux
4. Handré Pollard
5. Duane Vermeulen

Absa Young Player of the Year:

1. Nizaam Carr
2. Cheslin Kolbe
3. Handré Pollard
4. Seabelo Senatla
5. Jan Serfontein

Absa Team of the Year:

1. Springboks
2. Junior Springboks
3. Springbok Sevens
4. Xerox Golden Lions (Absa Currie Cup)
5. DHL Western Province (Absa Currie Cup)

Absa Coach of the Year:

1. Johann Ackermann (Xerox Golden Lions)
2. Allister Coetzee (DHL Western Province)
3. Neil Powell (Springbok Sevens)

SA Under-20 Player of the Year:

1. Thomas du Toit
2. Jesse Kriel
3. Handré Pollard

SA Sevens Player of the Year:

1. Branco du Preez
2. Frankie Horne
3. Seabelo Senatla

Vodacom Super Rugby Player of Year:

1. Marcell Coetzee (Cell C Sharks)
2. Duane Vermeulen (DHL Stormers)
3. Warren Whiteley (Lions)

Vodacom Cup Player of the Year:

1. Renaldo Bothma (Steval Pumas)
2. Jonathan Francke (GWK Griquas)
3. Lizo Gqoboka (EP Kings)

Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year:

1. Nizaam Carr (DHL Western Province)
2. Juan de Jongh (DHL Western Province)
3. Jaco Kriel (Xerox Golden Lions)

Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year:

1. Boela Abrahams (Down Touch Griffons)
2. Sylvian Mahuza (Leopards)
3. Dillon Smit (Leopards)



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